There are loads of great soft synths on the market, so there’s no point launching a new one unless it’s something a bit special. Fortunately, Arturia’s Pigments is just such a plugin, and has all the credentials to become a modern classic.
Arturia, of course, is the company that’s been producing award-winning analogue synth emulations for 20 years. It’s brought all of this experience to bear in Pigments, but the virtual analogue, 3-oscillator engine you’ll find here is only half the story. Pigments also features a complex wavetable engine that enables you to morph between waveforms and import your own, and, despite being stuffed with powerful features, it’s remarkably easy to use, too.
Once you’ve generated your core sound, you can then start to explore Pigments’ multiple tone-shaping options. There are twin filters, which can deliver classic analogue-style filtering and modern, surgical sculpting, while the 13 effects enable you to dial in all kinds of extra flavour.
Then we come to the advanced modulation system, which will make you wonder why all synths can’t work this way. The graphical, ‘modulate anything with anything’ approach is as intuitive as it is powerful, so you’ll be taming the envelopes, LFOs, Function generators and Random sources in no time. You can also assign up to four Macros that enable you to control multiple parameters at once.
Pigments is a very ‘visual’ synth, going so far as to include a moving waveform of the sound you’re working on. It can even help you to come up with ideas - its polyrhythmic sequencer and arpeggiator are on-hand to generate complex musical phrases that you might otherwise not have come up with.
You’ll even find innovation in the presets section, which contains patches from a slew of acclaimed artists and sound designers. Each preset features highlighted “notes” that indicate recommended parameters to tweak, so not only do they sound great out of the box, but you can also use them as starting points for further exploration.
If all of this has left you itching to try Pigments for yourself, the great news is that you can download it for free, right now.
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